Save the date for FMR’s annual “Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River”!

One of Replace Design’s series of posters highlighting iconic spots on the river in the Twin Cities.

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Held annually since 2002, FMR’s 13th annual “Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River” will celebrate the successes FMR and our members, volunteers, advocates and partners have achieved for the river this year. It is a time to gather as river lovers to appreciate the great river that we are all working to protect. This year’s location at the Weisman Art Museum, overlooking the beginning of the River Gorge, is a beautiful place to celebrate our Twin Cities stretch of the Mississippi River.

This year’s event will feature playwright and storyteller Kevin Kling as the guest speaker. Kevin is perhaps best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and his storytelling stage shows like “Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log”. He delivers hilarious, often tender autobiographical tales that are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are. His storytelling started when a friend from the now defunct Brass Tacks Theatre asked him to perform his stories. Since then, he has been awarded numerous arts grants and fellowships. The National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and others have recognized Kling’s artistry. On October 1, he will be highlighting the Mississippi River in his tales and stories.

The live auction will feature delicious food and beer experiences, outings, art, and far away destinations – all with a link to the Mississippi River! More details will follow in the coming months.

And as always, there will also be fantastic hors d’oeuvres and beverages, the company of fellow river lovers, a testimonial or two, and more! Invitations will be sent in August. The evening is invitation only, so please contact John at or 651-222-2193 x19 to receive an invite.